Spooktacular White House





A skeleton and candles decorate the Blue Room of the White House in preparation for a Halloween reception for military families and children of White House staff, Oct. 31, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)


Children from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia schools participate in Halloween festivities at the North Portico of the White House, Oct. 31, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)




A performer dressed as a grapevine tree moves about the north grounds of the White House greeting guests during Halloween festivities, Oct. 31, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)


A giant spider hangs from the North Portico of the White House during Halloween festivities, Oct. 31, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)




Carved pumpkins depicting President Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the White House decorate the outside of a home in Providence, R.I., Oct. 25, 2010. (Photo by Pete Souza)


A performer dressed as a grapevine tree stands at the gate to the north grounds of the White House during Halloween festivities, Oct. 31, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)


121 Responses to “Spooktacular White House”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    October 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm


  2. 3 donna dem 4 obama
    October 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    So what if I’m a dried up old fart y’all still want to Reclaim the Republic & Restore the Constitution don’t cha?.

    And..And..For a donation of $10 or more a month, you will become a member of our Patriot Giving Club! Give it up chumps…give it up ~ Ron Paul

    • 4 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      I’m sending over a donation right away – but I don’t want to lose my job, so let’s keep it a secret. I’ll sign up on your site as a former Obama supporter named Fred Ketts in Kansas who is so fed-up and disappointed that I’ve joined the Ron Paul club.


      • 5 donna dem 4 obama
        October 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        You’re a fine Patriot Chuckles. I knew you were on our side all along. Those polls showing my man Romney winning in 2012 was my first clue. No need to change your name. Be yourself man.

        • 6 hopefruit2
          October 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          Thanks Mr. Paul. It’s an honor to have you express such confidence in me. Whenever I dare post something on Twitter, these Obamabots are down my throat like acid on jeans. Especially those from a certain site which shall remain nameless at the moment. But nice seeing ya, Mr. Paul, and say hello to Rand and the grandsons for me.

  3. 7 Nena20409
    October 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats Amk. Great Halloween Photos UT.

  4. 8 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    GA, TOD! Doing a quick drive-by:

    • 9 dotster3
      October 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Beautiful and creative. Just sent to my new mom daughter—–told her, kiddingly of course, to get busy—–no more plain ol’ baby sleeping on blanket, baby sleeping in stroller, baby sleeping in cuddly seat photos. (she will likely ignore—-just happy baby is sleeping)

  5. 10 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

  6. 11 Nena20409
    October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm


    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit on a party-line vote of 10-8 on Thursday.

  7. 12 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    People are definitely more focused on Halloween this year – last year the entire country was focused on the Presidential election!!

  8. October 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Welcome to “Up With Chris”, with me, uber-geeky-cute Chris Hayes. On today’s show: Glenn Greenwald (my favorite Man in Rio) is on to discuss how President Obama personally reads every sext he sends to his husband throughout the day. For the second segment, we stay with Glenn as we discuss how President Obama’s ultimate goal is to replace every US soldier (who are not heroes) with drones which will hover over Glenn’s condo and take pictures as he and his husband canoodle. For the final segment, Joan Walsh will join Glenn and I to discuss how African Americans just don’t know what’s good for them. Coming right up!

    • 14 donna dem 4 obama
      October 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Oh My!

      Freedom, Liberties, Patriots, Constitution and stuff. ~ Ron Paul

    • 15 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      What a fantastic line-up Chris. You always have the best shows with the best guests. Who wouldn’t want Greenwald on their show? He’s the most ethical and honest journalist a news station could hope to find. No wonder you are doing so well in the ratings, and as MSNBC’s senior political analyst, Phil Griffin has personally informed me that you will be in this 8PM prime time slot for GOOD.

      All the best,
      Chuck Todd

    • October 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Joan Walsh here.

      Thanks, uber-geeky-cute Chris Hayes, for your gracious introduction.

      I do pride myself on unleashing the fully unfettered Greenwald onto an unsuspecting world.

      Now I’m working on Glenn to return the favor, so I can get my mitts on some of those Pierre Omidyar’s billions $$$.

      Can’t wait!

      P.S. – Chips and Hopefruit 2.
      JO”B and swapped costumes last night; she carefully selected her best Andrea Mitchell outfit, while I just needed to trim the blonde wig to better assume Joan Walsh’s personae.

  9. October 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    First!!!!!!! Thank yoooooooou UT!!!

    • 18 utaustinliberal
      October 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      You’re welcome, Glenn Greenwald.

      Your friend, Karl Rove.

      Pssst….here’s some money from George W. Bush. Keep up the great work.

  10. October 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  11. October 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  12. 23 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm

  13. 24 GGail
    October 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD. Willard here.

    Whew! I’ve just had a time here in sunny California, tryna get to my job at the 7-eleven/store & gas station. First Annie wouldn’t stop crying (I’m gonna have to check her into the VA some time soon), then Seamus ran away, so I had to find another dog to strap to the Cadillac roof, so I could drive in the HOV lane!

    I’m sweaty and disheveled, but I’m here and accounted for! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

    • 25 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      You seem very busy. Please proceed, governor. Happy Halloween! 🙂 🙂

      • 26 GGail
        October 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        Well….as usual, Chuckie, you get it wrong!

        Instead of governor, I prefer “almost President”

        I missed it by……47% !!!!

        • 27 hopefruit2
          October 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm

          Well in my books, you are indeed the President, Mr. Romney. Obama and his minions cheated the polls by forcing voters to stand in line for hours and hours and hours on end. That was not fair, in my honest opinion. And as Karl Rove said, there may be still some ballots left to be counted in the Ohio region.

  14. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    October 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm

  15. October 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  16. October 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’m putting together the post with Hopefruit’s Halloween names and I’m literally hoooooowling. Adding all your comments for your ‘characters’, so keep posting them here and I’ll update the post, which will appear later!

  17. 47 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    OMG….WILSON!!!!!! 😆



    Coming To America!!!!

    • 48 57andfemale
      October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      The baby with the ‘Wilson’ costume – he already knows his parents are going to constantly humiliate him his entire life.

  18. 49 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm


  19. 52 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm

  20. 56 utaustinliberal
    October 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm


  21. 57 Nena20409
    October 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm


    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto’s police chief says they have recovered the alleged drug video involving Mayor Rob Ford.

    Police Chief Bill Blair said Thursday he was “disappointed” after viewing the video, but that there was nothing in the video that would provide grounds to press charges.

    Balir says the video will come out in court and declined to provide details.

    He said the video, recovered from a computer hard drive, “depicts images that are consistent with those previously reported in the press.”

    Sadly, another Updated report at HP……No charges will be filed.

    The Treats of the powerful and the Tricks on the populace continues.

  22. 58 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  23. 59 Nena20409
    October 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    10-31-13 WH Press Briefings by the Hon Jay “Clark Kent” Carney Live…….momentarily 😉


    Jay sporting the Red Sox cap….He looks Cute 😉

  24. October 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I would rather go Blinddddddd (and i just might cause my insurance has no vision coverage) than to admit that i need Obamacare- after all it is about Patriotism~~Obamacare Hater

  25. October 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  26. 68 hopefruit2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  27. 69 Linda
    October 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    David Corn is on cspan being interviewed.

  28. 70 Nena20409
    October 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    This happened in Minnesota….. 😯 GOPers….Chisago County in MN ❓ Shame!

    Racists are everywhere……Big Ed Schultz called attention to it on his FaceBook this AM


    The Chisago County, Minn. Republican party removed a racist Facebook post comparing abortion to slavery Wednesday after it drew widespread outrage.

    “Pro Choice. Against Slavery? Don’t buy one,” read the caption to a picture showing a slave auction. MSNBC and radio Host Ed Schultz posted a screengrab of the photo on his Facebook page:

  29. 71 vcprezofan2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Howdy, members of Crazyville -TOD! Apart from the vids of the O-family, I don’t think I’ve seen all the creative WH Hallowe’en decoration before. Thank you, Utal……I think. {Full disclosure = I am not a fan of Hallowe’en, but the images you shared ARE creative, colourful, and (some) quite beautiful.}

  30. 72 misspat
    October 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    The Donald here. I have no time for you lesser people but I dropped in to say that I have folks in Hawaii looking for that birth certificate. See you guys later I have to go, lots of companies to ruin… sorry ‘run’.

    • 73 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Hello Mr. Trump,
      Please let us know when you find the certificate, and then I will have you for an exclusive interview on my morning show.

      Chuck Todd.

  31. 74 ERICFIVE
    October 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Glad to see no one sweating that NBC/WSJ poll. As per Jefferson Obama, the poll increased TP representation by 2%, decreased minority representation by 4% from 2012 electorate and oversampled white males. In other words, this “poll” was designed to have an anti-PBO result. In short, more propaganda intended to SHAPE reality opposed to reflect reality.

    • October 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Todd is really pulling out all the stops in setting the beltway narrative. The Obamacare website is dismissed as a “disaster” by MSM, no explanation needed. (Heard that this morning on CBS news radio; no discussion of both sides, just a flat-out fact that it’s a “disaster.”

      Todd also said this morning he’d like to see more tricks handed out tonight, instead of treats. He really is vile, and letting his true colors show.

      I’d like to see Chuckles take on this, via HF2, who is channeling Todd today.

      • 76 ERICFIVE
        October 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        This is just a replay of the MSM/GOP smear campaign against PBO when they promoted and hyped the 3 fake “scandals” (IRS, Benghazi and NSA) to create the impression of a “scandal plagued White House under siege”. The MSM/GOP is so predictable with their bullshit. Funny how with the gov’t shutdown, the MSM asked which party is to blame, but with all the GOP anti-ACA obstruction, the GOP is never presented as a cause for ACA’s problems. The MSM is trying to tear down PBO/Dems to lessen the harm the GOP suffered from the gov’t shutdown fiasco. The all out assault on ACA with easily discredited stories and outright propaganda smells of desperation. It is also highly coordinated. I wonder if the MSM is controlled by just one person who sets the agenda/narrative that the whole MSM blindly promotes.

  32. October 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    The same study showed that food insecurity was above average in Ohio, North Carolina, California, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The first four in that list have become swing states for presidential elections. The others are all Republican strongholds

  33. 81 vcprezofan2
    October 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    (@inaneknoller) You will be surprised to hear that @VP congratulated, and welcomed Cory Booker to the Senate after the swearing in ceremony today.

    • 82 hopefruit2
      October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Do you have a count as to how many hands did Booker shake today, Mr. Knoller?

      • 83 vcprezofan2
        October 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        (@inaneknoller) Sorry, was checking to see if there were any welcoming snacks laid out. You know, maybe how many carrots from the WH garden, carrot cupcakes, maybe,etc. etc. So far, can’t believe there were no refreshments!

        • 84 hopefruit2
          October 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

          I’m sure there will be baskets of goodies at the WH trick-or-treat later this afternoon/evening. Be sure to grab some baskets. Then you can share with us how many candy bars the President ate (much to Mrs. Obama’s chagrin)!

          • 85 vcprezofan2
            October 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm

            The Pres and Mrs Obama are hosting trick-or-treat at the WH for local kids and military families. They never mention the pool families’ kids! How fair and balanced is that??

          • 86 vcprezofan2
            October 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm

            Also, this has been bothering me ••► For all his talk about transparency, pool STILL hasn’t been told for whom President Obama bought those Junior’s cheese cakes last week!!!

            • 87 hopefruit2
              October 31, 2013 at 1:37 pm

              This is a huge problem for this WH, Mark. People I’ve been speaking to are telling me the same thing. This is the last thing the WH wants to be dealing with and a huge headache for the entire cabinet. I can see this being a real game-changer for the 2014 midterms.

              • 88 vcprezofan2
                October 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

                Does anyone know if the president is taking his younger daughter out for trick or treat, after they finish trying to secure the military votes? The Pool doesn’t.

                • 89 hopefruit2
                  October 31, 2013 at 1:49 pm

                  Another excellent question, Mark. Who knows…he might spend the rest of the afternoon/evening on the golf course. He’s said that as the girls are growing they spend less and less time with him, but people I’ve spoken to are telling me that it’s the President who wants to spend more and more time on the golf course.

                  • 90 vcprezofan2
                    October 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

                    (inaneknoller) That transparency block again! Who knows, indeed, Chuck? I can’t believe he still hasn’t fulfilled that very easy 2008 campaign promise.

                    I have to confess that there’s no news yet if the President is playing golf this weekend. I’ll keep my eyes open though, and as soon as I see him heading away from the WH today or tomorrow, I’ll rush to tell twitter. I’ll even make sure to note who is going with him – and if there are any females. It’s been a while since he has played golf with a woman. Hmmmmmm. I had forgotten that. Wonder if Jody, has been keeping track? Will meet you on the other side, Chuckie. Have to go tweet Jody or Annie to see if they have a chart on this.

  34. 93 Jovie
    October 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Senate blocks Patricia millet judicial nominee and J Watts finance agency.

  35. 95 japa21
    October 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Wolf Blitzer again with a Special Report. Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals on their World Series triumph.

  36. 98 Linda
    October 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    The 2014 calendar for the House was released Thursday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and shows members will only work only 113 days. That’s down from 2013, when House lawmakers were scheduled to meet for 126 days. Only 107 days were scheduled in 2012.

  37. October 31, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  38. 105 Jovie
    October 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Hello Harry you in there?

  39. October 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Here we go again – Two Pa. lawmakers ready abortion bill modeled on one federal judge in Texas shot down


  40. October 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Yawn….Hi all, it’s me, Ann Coulter. It was so comfy in the crypt this morning, I just had to lie in a little longer. Stayed up late last night replaying those marvelous Sebelius hearings. I just love it when Liberal women get abused by Republican men. And weren’t our guys so cute with all that spittle on their mouths–just had to watch it over and over again. Wish they’d gotten that Sebelius B— to cry though. They should’ve invited me to have a go at her, but I guess they’re saving me for the big guy. Plan to make an appearance on some Toadish site today. Asked Igor to take special care with the black dress–hate it when he complains about the shine on the seat. Silly man doesn’t understand how that dress highlights my e…l…o…g….a…t…e…d form and makes me so riveting to men. I see the way they stare at me…especially my neck–just so irresistible and the women–always so wide-eyed as if they just can’t take in the beauty that is me. Cry your eyes out, Beyotches!! I’ve always said Liberal women are ugly, so I can just see the men at TOAD, fainting away at my brilliant entrance. Just a few more touches of peroxide and I”ll have all those nasty little roots taken care of. Can’ wait to see VLAD tonight. We’re dining at ten and if there’s one man who just ADORES staring at my neck, it’s Vlad. Ta!

  41. October 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Within the next three weeks, the Senate is expected to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would provide basic protections from employment discrimination to the nation’s 8 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, workers. ENDA builds upon an enduring American value that workers should be judged on their merits and not their identity. It is past time for Congress to ensure basic fairness for every American, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  42. 112 symmetry11
    October 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    LOL….I just saw HF’s list. I guess I will be hiding out in the underground bunker all day.

  43. October 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hi, Chris Hayes here again. Can someone recommend a really good bike lock? I can’t seem to hold onto one to save my life. And who do I have to contact at One Police Plaza to get on the ball about the social scourge of bicycle thefts?

  44. October 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Everyone here knows the grief I’ve given Ed for his ‘don’t vote’ and other bs he is sometimes prone to shovel, but when he does good he deserves to be thanked.

    Of course, if you folk didn’t post these video clips I’d never know what Ed, Rachel, etc ever said because I don’t watch any TV/Cable.

    p.s. obviously, if this post were written by Ezra it would read very differently 😉


  45. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    October 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    (Andrea Mitchell) Sorry I’m late for the costume party, but Alan wanted me to help him walk over from the vault to the safe, down in our Safe Room. Oh, yeah, that’s what we call the room where we keep the safes. I hear some people think it means something else. Some people aren’t as smart as Alan and I are smart.

  46. October 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Van Jones checking in…

    You know, I love this president and I respect this president…

    …but I gotta say, there’s some leadership in Congress that’s gonna make the 2016 Presidential elections a serious contest.

    For instance…Rand Paul. Now, he’s a civil rights villain, I’ll admit. But when it comes to civil liberties? Now that’s where he’s a champion. That 13 hour filibuster he did about using aerial drones to kill Americans citizen on U.S. soil…a thing of beauty. He asked the tough questions that Liberals should be asking. Yes sir, that Rand Paul used the filibuster the way it was supposed to be used. Don’t know how much of it was plagiarized from Wikipedia, but hey, that’s not the point.

    And Ted Cruz? Man oh man! Now there’s something I admire about that guy. He took bold action for something he believed in. Shutting down the government!?!?!?!?!? Can you say AUDACITY? Every person I admire and consider to be a hero is willing to take bold action, just like Senator Cruz did. That guy was able to rally congressmen IN THE OTHER CHAMBER! He was able to stall a vote by reading “Green Eggs and Ham!” That’s leadership! So what if it cost 24 billion dollars? So what if he is calling it Obama’s shutdown? Not every leader takes credit for their work!

    Yeah, 2016 is going to be very interesting. If either of these guys win the Republican primary, they are going to give the Democratic challenger a run for their money.

    Keep it GREEN!

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